Five questions about the new 'Star Wars' trilogy

What will Disney do with the 'Star Wars' franchise?

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The Walt Disney Company has bought George Lucas’s movie studio Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, and while Disney will doubtless have lots of ideas about what to do with assets like Skywalker Sound and the Industrial Light and Magic special effects arm of the business, we all know the real reason the company is worth so much: the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.

A new movie in the series has already been announced. ‘Star Wars 7’, as we’re currently confined to calling it, will be the first part of a new trilogy (or, potentially, an even longer series), with instalments to follow every two to three years. George Lucas will remain on board as ‘creative consultant’, but seeing as he’s repeatedly sworn off making any more ‘Star Wars’ movies, it seems unlikely that he’ll be too closely involved. Which leaves Tom Huddleston with a few pressing questions…

1. Will ‘Star Wars 7’ be a direct sequel?

The major problem with continuing the series after the fall of the Galactic Empire is that there are no baddies left to fight: Darth Vader died in his son’s arms, the Emperor fell down a big hole, even Jabba got cruelly strangled. So they’ll need a new set of villains.

The obvious solution would be to shift the story forward a couple of decades, when the new republic set up by Luke and pals has begun to rot from within. We all know the Skywalker family has a bit of a problem with anger management. So, who knows, maybe Luke himself could be on a rocky path to dictatorship? Could Han and Leia be forced to kickstart a new Rebel Alliance?

2. Will any of the old cast return?

It’s hard to imagine Harrison Ford eagerly signing up to reappear as Han Solo. That said, it’s equally hard to imagine Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher turning it down – both of them have done little but bit parts and voiceover work of late. It’ll all depend on a number of factors: the script, the creative team, and (let’s face it) the paycheck.

But a couple of cast members are a shoo-in: no ‘Star Wars’ movie would be complete without Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Peter Mayhew actually played Chewbacca in a recent episode of ‘Glee’ and presumably Billy Dee Williams is still kicking about somewhere.

3. Who will they get to direct it?

Well, this is where it starts to get interesting. With Lucas out, the producers are free to hire literally anyone they want. Disney won’t be looking to mess with the formula too much, so don’t expect any seriously leftfield choices (no echoes of the time Lucas asked David Lynch to direct ‘Jedi’). But there must be a few names in the frame already, and most young, geek-friendly directors would doubtless give their right arm for the opportunity.

Our top picks include: Neill Blomkamp, the ‘District 9’ director whose new film ‘Elysium’ looks like old-school hard sci-fi; Rupert Wyatt, whose ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ was a really solid, interesting blockbuster; and of course Edgar Wright, the ultimate ‘Star Wars’ geek. But anyone who even breathes the words Zack Snyder or Len Wiseman will be run out of town on a rail.

4. What exactly does ‘creative consultant’ mean?

In other words, how much is George going to be involved with this new series? From all reports, not a lot: the ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy may have made a shedload of cash, but Disney must recognise that if they’d been better movies they’d have reaped even more. A well-handled ‘Star Wars’ movie could surely be a match for the likes of ‘Avatar’. Doubtless, Lucas will be kept in the loop – he’s a big enough name to warrant that – but it's hard to imagine the new creatives reacting very positively if he tries to throw his weight around.

The other question, of course, is what will Lucas do now? He’s asserted his intention to focus on ‘philanthropy’, but does that mean no more Lucas movies, ever? Well, after ‘Red Tails’, we’re not sure how much we really care…

5. Could these new movies actually be any good?

Yes. If the world is properly developed, with new villains, new planets and new struggles, if the scripting is good, if the cast and characters are strong (no Jar Jar this time, please), if the director is smart and committed, then ‘Star Wars’ fans may finally get the sequel the original trilogy always deserved.

And over the next few years, it’s going to be loads of fun to watch the new movies take shape: to see writers hired, directors discussed, cast lists come together, trailers released. We can’t wait.

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Gracie Kozak
Gracie Kozak

I believe George Lucas did a good thing as long as Disney dosent mess it all up us fans will be pretty happy to see a new Star Wars I'm in love with it and I would hate to see the legend die......May the force be with you always. George Lucas ❤️

Hector
Hector

It can't be directly after VI because it has to follow book pattern. Emperor Palpatine can return in clone form from clone pods, & there are many dark siths post VI from the books. Skywalker should return but not fight because he is a jedi dictator & carries a green sword. It would have to include Han & Leia's kids as well as all post siths including Palpatine.

clarissa rossiter
clarissa rossiter

''im glad ther brining back the same cast it wooden't be star wars with out them '' you should do a movie abought Obe one when he was young & how he became a jedi ?

scott
scott

George cant leave anything alone. They went down after Empire anyway.

Tonyf
Tonyf

If they are going to do any kind of sequel they should try and incorporate the novels that featured Han and Leia's kids attending the newly founded Jedi Academy. Had a great cast of characters, a great storyline and could honestly be a new blockbuster. The young roles, coupled with the older cast and ideas of Star Wars would be a win win on all fronts.

Billy
Billy

Make it based on the early years with yoda..? How it all started..? The beginning..?

Jason
Jason

Make the series based on darth bane. The Jedi and sith from old republic make original trilogy jedi and sith look like little bitches

ojoly thompson
ojoly thompson

I really think serious consideration should be given to the use of Boba Fett surviving the pit and any offspring of the Hutt's and and other bounty hunters, im sure the Jedi will be the main focus but keeping the other more mysterious characters alive and exploring them would be key!!!!

Jacob
Jacob

Oh and also more show of what the force can really do the only powers we've seen so far are choke a little lightning and a whole bunch of push. I mean what about saber throws using multiple attacks at once. There are endless possibilities when it comes to the force have som creativity

Jacob
Jacob

Honestly I think instead of going forward the should go back to the original hyperspace wars between the original Jedi and the original Sith Lords. From the book you can tell that these Sith didn't care about anything exept power and killing everything, and they make Darth Sidious and Vader look like little bitches and the old Jedi make Yoda's knowlage and controle of the force look like a two year old playing with blocks. And think how awaome it would be to see an all out war with nothing but Jedi and Sith going for blood. On another note the could go forward but they run the risk of butchering one of the best endings to an amazing trilogy and not to mention they'll have to explain how the Jedi order got reformed and how new Jedi began there training g when the only Jedi in the universe (Luke) is a pethedic excuse for a Jedi master so really this could go either way

Frank Knepp
Frank Knepp

Read the books.han and leia have 3 kids and one turns to the dark side and his twin sister is forced to kill him

Jay
Jay

I'd love for the award winning Thrawn Trilogy of books should be the basis for next few films. Thrawn, Mara Jade, Talon Karde....problem is, the age of the actors/actresses wont fit with the time line. Right, I'm off to start reading those books again. Enthralling.

Lonewolf4031
Lonewolf4031

I Would have to agree with Charles on the first page. The original Star War did not have all that CGI CRAP. Do not get me wrong, CGI is okay in some movies, but, Disney, do NOT mess Star Wars by adding CGI effect into it. I beg of you. Have George Lucas himself help you out a lot. Disney, be George Lucas's hands and the soap. Meaning that, create the film into that same imagination as previous films. I was actually pondering this thought of why not, have Mark Hamill and all the other characters join in from the originals? Create a wrap up for them, and from there create a whole NEW group of characters. We know that Hansolo(Harison Ford) fell in love and in a relationship with Laya(Carrie Fisher), so the thing we know is that the probably got married or stayed together... We know that luke went on with his life. Why not bring them back for split seconds and then create a whole NEW Star Wars, using their Children like in the first Star Wars with Liam Nieson and Jake Lloyd, who grew up to be that Darth Vadar. Create A WHOLE BLOOMIN pictures USING PREVIOUS CHARACTERS! :D SO, NOT MANY CGI EFFECT, that is 1 main thing. The other thing is i would use the original characters to kick off a whole new universe of characters.

Julian
Julian

new everything. new fans. new money. in with the new.

Jason Robicheau
Jason Robicheau

Keep Lucas and children hero concepts away from Star Wars and it will do fine. Here is a successful formula: A lot more action, dynamic intrigue, interesting costumes (not CG) and no strong female characters (padme).

Keith McNelly
Keith McNelly

The STARWARS saga has endless potential to continue a creative path that wil reach many generations to come .There is always a sence of past and presence in these types of movies so the original value and sence of true vurtue will never die.The purpose of furteristic movies or si-fi is something which can be either explained in one event or several ocurances related to the characters or actions to the effect of win or lose conditions this is of cource a continuel battle of good vs evil right over rong . Long live STARWARS.

Charles
Charles

Disney...keep it simple. The beauty of the original 3 films was the lack of CGI. That's not to say that CGI does not have a place at the table, but the movies did not center around the technical effects. The storylines were paramount.

Randy
Randy

In one set of books, Luke has an apprentice that turns to the dark side. In another set, there was a clone of the emperor. He turned Luke to the dark side, then Luke had to fight his way back. Also, Vader's Apprentice would be good.

Joachim
Joachim

I hope they bring battle droids back. The clone wars is one of my favorite moments in the star wars series.

Jake
Jake

They definitely need to do the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. Coolest storyline ever.

jh
jh

One answer.... they will butcher it beyond repair. This movie is going to suck hard. It would probably be better served as an interactive video game.

Ted
Ted

I see no need for new baddies, bearing in mind Boba Fett survived the Sarlac and there is also the mystery of darth vaders apprentice, jabba the hutts wife will have vengeance in mind. Then there are bounty hunters such as IG88 who still haven,t done much. There even could be scattered jedi bitter with rage.

Ted
Ted

I see no need for new baddies, bearing in mind Boba Fett survived the Sarlac and there is also the mystery of darth vaders apprentice, jabba the hutts wife will have vengeance in mind. Then there are bounty hunters such as IG88 who still haven,t done much. There even could be scattered jedi bitter with rage.

Bob
Bob

There is no need for new villains! No one can tell me for a fact that the emperor is dead. Did they find a body? Not bloody likely. He needs to come back, riddled with anger the likes of which galaxy has never known. Maybe he could try and turn luke's son like did father and grandfather before him.

bill
bill

Actually if they follow Timothy Zahn's trilogy, with some mods, it will be excellent. That trilogy then spun off a dozen or so prequels and sequels. It was premised on the survival of a Grand Admiral, Thrawn, also an alien, who rallies the empire's forces against the New Republic. Some great sub plots with Han and smugglers, and agent of the emperor's still around, and a cloned, crazy Jedi. The books are great reads.

Bit
Bit

It's going to suck regardless of what they do. It's gotten too big to do anything with essence. Will probably look and run like a cartoon-ish video game.

Lee Gordon
Lee Gordon

ok as far as there being no new baddies then it seems like the people in charge of this whole farce have never bothered to even read the books that have been put out since the emergence of the 25th anni editions where George and ILM redid our beloved movies. if you follow the simple book timeline there is a whole new situation that comes up for the Rebellion a scant few days after the fall of the Empire. that's the Ssui-Rook. after that you have Yasen Isard, then Grand Admiral Thrawn, the list goes on and on and on. come on people to date we have about 50 years of story line that could be done into movies, before you even bat around ideas like doing another movie do your homework and you will find that there is an entire realm of possibilities out there for you to explore.

Bryce
Bryce

I just afraid that they will skip everything 4 A.A.Y and make up a whole new story. And since I just cant see with a new story if they do so count me out.

Chris dyer
Chris dyer

There's always the shadow of the empire series were luck becomes the emporer reborn's apprentice in order to kill him. Thats a three part trillogy wich also introduces mara jade luck skywalkers future wife. But saying that i think the yuzzhan Vong Series is a great one but thres a bit much for even an expert production crew to fit in to three films. If not shodows of the empire then defeninetly go back and explain the rule of 2 with bane that would be great aswll.

brent
brent

Not going to say i know all about star wars but admiral thrawn admiral daala the hand of thrawn yuuzhun vong dark nest trilogy i mean if you dont think there are heaps of great possible baddies out there your not a true fanboy.

Elliot
Elliot

I think the should start a new trilogy and mix it in from where the original ended. New characters and a lot more jeti and sith battles.

rob
rob

Would it not be better to continue from when lea and Luke where born there's a whole 17-18 years of nothing where the two are just left to grow up and the Jedi go into hiding bit of a sad story really I for one thought the sequels were great I really enjoyed them I think if anything with the new special effects they should probably do a remake of the original trilogy!

Flynn
Flynn

They should go back to the old republic

TrueCelt
TrueCelt

I'm really worried about these films :(. While they're criticised by a huge amount of people, the fact is at least the prequels brought something different, offered an interesting storyline and an evocative setting and background. What's the New Republic era going to bring? A handful of Jedi, Luke, Leia, her kids. I just really hope they don't make a shoddy cliche Han Solo "type", they need to maintain the originality of the characters. And the bottom line is that they can't be nearly as important to Star Wars as a universe because the Sith are gone, and the Empire has already been toppled. That achievement isn't going to be matched easily :/. Star Wars deserves a massive galactic conflict and interesting characters and enemies. I'm just concerned, because no matter what you think of the guy, George Lucas has created something spectacular with Star Wars, and these new films have a lot to live up to. They could very, very easily fall short :(

Shain
Shain

"The major problem with continuing the series after the fall of the Galactic Empire is that there are no baddies left to fight: " Are you kidding? I guess they never even peeked at the material that Disney will have to sort through to decide what 'baddie' to concentrate on. There are literally dozens of novels that take place after 'Return of the Jedi' many of them in three part trilogies. All of which had to be OKed by Lucas. My personal favorites are, "Jedi Academy" trilogy, "Dark Force" trilogy, and "X-Wing" a series of ten, which would work a lot better as a miniseries/series. Most of the comments on here, about how there is nothing to fight any more is just plain ignorant. The Empire was a galaxy wide rule, and most of the admirals out there became warlords over their own dominions. The Emperor had 'Iceheart' an intelligence operative who had one molten red eye and one ice blue eye, as another right hand, who ended up in control of Corsucant once he was killed. Leia and Han had a pair of twins and then another child. Because of all of the political and more martial fires, Han and Leia had may be one day in thirty to actually see each other. Then the largest series to come out of it, which I didn't read very far into, was an intergalactic attack from a nearby galaxy by a people who used living technology. Just the initial scouting force was a major assault on the resources of the New Republic

john
john

this won't work on a successful level, bringing the old cast is a bad idea. Bringing a sequel is bad idea, you can't go forward in time in star wars only back in time. They way it ended in the return of the Jedi means there are no more Villains and the dark power was wiped out. Darth Sideous is dead, we know he only has one apprentice if he doesn't die then Darth Sideous get his new pupil to do it. Now the only way you could bring a star wars film back is by going back in time, the time before the prequel trilogy (episode 1,2 and 3). by this i mean when Darth Sideous was an Apprentice, how and why he killed his master. also why he eluded the Jedi council for so long. There is also an interesting plot of how Yoda became a master on the Jedi council. also bringing back Qui Gon Jinn as an apprentice maybe?. Their are more exciting story plots by going back in time then making a sequel based after the Return of the Jedi.

jrlewis
jrlewis

This won't work on a successful level, bringing the old cast is a bad idea. Bringing a sequel is bad idea, you can't go forward in time in star wars only back in time. They way it ended in the return of the Jedi means there are no more Villains and the dark power was wiped out. Darth Sideous is dead, we know he only has one apprentice if he doesn't die then Darth Sideous get his new pupil to do it. Now the only way you could bring a star wars film back is by going back in time, the time before the prequel trilogy (episode 1,2 and 3). by this i mean when Darth Sideous was an Apprentice, how and why he killed his master. also why he eluded the Jedi council for so long. There is also an interesting plot of how Yoda became a master on the Jedi council. also bringing back Qui Gon Jinn as an apprentice maybe?. Their are more exciting story plots by going back in time then making a sequel based after the Return of the Jedi.

Martin
Martin

Getting rid of Lucas could be the best thing that has happened to the sequel. The latest trilogy was a mess in the force which became taken for granted, erratic and tasteless. Does any 10 yo girl or boy of the 21st century whished or tried to control the force?? SW fans still awaiting for the return of "near-real-life" scenes, light but rich dialog (I cannot help but say how Anakin is the Jedi of the speech!!) Disney, a new hope is in your hands now. May the Force be with you!!

fred
fred

dont for get they are old and have kids little jedi running around now darth dawgus

Brady Lester
Brady Lester

I think you should go back to when they where training Anakin Skywalker it would make a great show thanks for making a new Star Wars

bravo2010
bravo2010

The 9 films where already loosely penned by Lucas before star wars I've was made. Lucas started in the middle. When episodes I-III Where made they the story already laid out prior was used. Anybody wanting to know the complete story justx needs to goto the star wars wiki site. Its been around from the beginning and I imagine vii-ix will use the general story line that's already been laid out by Lucas. If I recall vii takes place much later revolving around solo and laya's kids, Luke rebulids the Jedi temple and so on. I always knew the last three movies would be made in Lucas's life. Who would turn down billions? I hope the next are better then the last.

Travis
Travis

I Hope the new ones are good. i hate it when people say they dont like the prequels, those were decent movies and deserve respect as well.

wendy
wendy

i hope the new one comes out i love starwars its amazing thanks for the info :)

Clay
Clay

I have read over 65 of the Expanded Universe novels, and I think the most interesting story, and most suited to a line of films, is the invasion by the Yuuzhan Vong. I hope they at least consider it for the next trilogy or series.

sefz
sefz

something new, original, and out of the box....

Patrick
Patrick

Jar Jar definitely needs to be a big part of any new Star Wars movies

Johnee
Johnee

I would be more interested in a movie set in the Old Republic Era, like the Mandalorian Wars, Jedi Civil War, Cold War, considering event such as this actually in a way set the tone for the movies we already have. I personally believe it is a more interesting point in Star Wars history.

big vic
big vic

If I see that space mut Jaja binlks anywhere. Me not watching

Mikey
Mikey

Go back in time, Show how yoda actually became so powerful! Go back in time. Can make a much better story line and it would be less hard work and you'd come out with a an end product that will blow people's minds, I already can think of great storylines! So go back in time, Not after return of the Jedi, and about Han, And Luke that's boring! he's already brung peace to the force! Go back a few decades :-)

Bob
Bob

They already kicked the original trilogy down a flight of stairs. Now they've decided to Superfly Jimmy Snukka from the top turnbuckle into its spine while it's down. So yeah I think a new trilogy is a bad idea.

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